égrener

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From é- + grain + -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

égrener

  1. to shell, pod (maize, peas, wheat etc.)
  2. to gin (cotton)
  3. to ripple (flax)
  4. (reflexive) to drop off the stalk/bunch
  5. to dish out
  6. to rattle off, go through (a list)
    • 2000, Jean-François Parot, L'énigme des Blancs-Manteaux, JC Lattès 2012, p. 12:
      Il chut de tout son long, égrenant à nouveau un chapelet d'horribles jurons.
      He fell full length, reeling off another string of appalling curses.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This verb is conjugated mostly like the regular -er verbs (parler and chanter and so on), but the -e- /ə/ of the second-to-last syllable becomes -è- /ɛ/ when the next vowel is a silent or schwa -e-. For example, in the third-person singular present indicative, we have il égrène rather than *il égrene. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.

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